2009 Chevrolet Corvette

Buyer's Guide

NEW FOR 2009:

- New ZR1 model, 1SA convertible model

- 1SB convertible adds standard power top

- Standard wheel-mounted audio controls, variable steering ratio on all models

- Available Bluetooth hands-free connectivity

- Crossed-flags emblem features new bright surround

- Coupe and Z06 add standard power hatch pull-down

- Z06 adds 9.9-litre dry-sump oil system capacity, new "spider" design wheels in Sparkle Silver, Competition Gray or chrome, sill plates with logo, and colour-matched lower instrument panel and door panels on red and titanium interiors

- Exterior colours: Cyber Gray Metallic and Blade Silver Metallic added

- Interior colours: Dark Titanium and Ebony added

For 2009, the Chevrolet Corvette range expands with the 638-horsepower ZR1, along with a new 1SA convertible model that gives buyers a lower starting price. Other changes include a standard power top on the 1SB model, new standard features on all models, and on the Z06, an increase in the dry-sump oiling system from 7.5 to 9.9 litres, the same capacity as on the ZR1.

The Corvette comes with a choice of three engines: a 6.2-litre V8 in the coupe and convertible, a 7.0-litre V8 in the Z06, and supercharged 6.2-litre V8 in the ZR1. The coupe and convertible use a six-speed manual that can be optioned to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, while the Z06 and ZR1 use the six-speed manual exclusively.

Features on the coupe and convertible include 18-inch front and 19-inch rear alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, fog lights, xenon headlamps, heated mirrors with auto-dimming driver's side, variable intermittent wipers, cruise control, driver information centre, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, leather-wrapped tilt wheel with audio controls, express-down windows, leather seats with six-way power driver's adjustment, CD/MP3 stereo, XM satellite radio, keyless entry, automatic headlamps, pushbutton start, theft deterrent alarm, and OnStar. The coupe has a one-piece, body-colour removable roof panel that can be optioned to a transparent removable panel, while the convertible has a soft top with glass rear window and electric defogger.

The Z06 adds head-up display with track mode, perforated leather seats, performance exhaust, Z06-specific performance suspension, Brembo brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers and cross-drilled rotors, body-colour carbon fibre front fenders and floor panel, and safety restraint top tethers.

The ZR1 adds 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels, computer-controlled active suspension system with adjustable shock absorbers, six-piston front and rear Brembo brakes, ZR1-specific performance suspension, body-colour carbon fibre raised hood with window, and visible carbon fibre roof, front splitter and rocker extensions.

Depending on the model, available options include 20-inch wheels, luggage cover, head-up display, power tilt and telescopic wheel, sport seats, navigation system and premium stereo.

Already a legendary sports car in its own right, thanks in part to the Z06, the Corvette moves even further up the ladder with the ZR1, which holds its own even among competition from Germany and Italy, but at a fraction of the price, with a top speed of 330 km/h. Collectors will also appreciate that the ZR1 models carry unique vehicle identification numbers (VINs) which indicate the build number of each vehicle as well as the fact that it is a genuine ZR1. But those who can't move up to that price point needn't worry; the regular coupe and convertible are still as much fun to drive as they ever were.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

There are 4 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $66,145 MSRP
10.3
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
436 hp @5900 rpm
Number of seats 2
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2dr Cpe $66,145 2 Coupe
2dr Cpe 436 hp @5900 rpm 428 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe 174.6" 72.6" 49" 105.7"
2dr Cpe
2dr Cpe Leather Seats
2dr Cpe
2dr Cpe
2dr Conv $75,985 2 Convertible
2dr Conv 436 hp @5900 rpm 428 ft-lb @4600 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv 174.6" 72.6" 49.1" 105.7"
2dr Conv
2dr Conv Leather Seats
2dr Conv
2dr Conv
2dr Cpe Z06 $94,715 2 Coupe
2dr Cpe Z06 505 hp @6300 rpm 470 ft-lb @4800 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe Z06 175.6" 75.9" 49" 105.7"
2dr Cpe Z06
2dr Cpe Z06 Leather Seats
2dr Cpe Z06
2dr Cpe Z06
2dr Cpe ZR1 $127,545 2 Coupe
2dr Cpe ZR1 638 hp @6500 rpm 604 ft-lb @3800 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe ZR1 175.6" 75.9" 49" 105.7"
2dr Cpe ZR1
2dr Cpe ZR1 Leather Seats
2dr Cpe ZR1
2dr Cpe ZR1

Owner Reviews: 2009 Chevrolet / Corvette

Average Rating

2009 Chevrolet Corvette

Trim: Base
by markjwildcat on 01-09-2013
First Corvette
I purchased this car about three years ago now and still love it. It is the most expensive car I have ever owned and can't find anything bad to say about it. I love the interior and the looks of the exterior. Mine has the heated seats which is great for colder days. I know my car is just the base model but there is more power on tap than what anyone on the street would ever need.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2009 Chevrolet Corvette

by jhapp on 12-07-2012
Great ride
Have never had any problems with this car. Great handling and prefermance that is definitly not matched in any other car I have driven. Highly recommend
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2009 Chevrolet Corvette

by carcritic on 11-12-2012
awesome ride
love it , had friends compliment me several times, and is a fast car, babe magnet for sure
my dog looks sooo cool settin in the seat .
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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